How to Use a Virtual Burner Phone to Protect Your Identity & Security

Every time you make a call or send a text, you're giving the recipient your phone number. This can be quite the security vulnerability, opening yourself up to scammers, spammers, and the feds. In this how-to, we'll look at what a burner phone is, why you might want one, and how to get started using a free second phone number on your regular smartphone. At the very word "burner," people start envisioning their favorite spy drama or criminal thriller such as HBO's The Wire, where we often see these phones used for a handful of calls before the actor yanks out the battery, breaks the SIM card in... more